Trade Ed. Hyperion Audiobooks 2004
CS ISBN 1401398499 $26.98 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 1401398502 $31.98 Five CDs
DD ISBN $18.89
Buffalo, New York, is probably best known for snow and chicken wings. But for Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," it's a special place. In his memoir, Russert fondly describes growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic neighborhood on the South side. Tim's Dad, Big Russ, child of the Depression, WWII veteran, and holder of two jobs for most of his adult life, lovingly taught his children tough lessons about life and responsibilities. The younger Russert's life journey is fascinating, and his text is filled with great storytelling. However, the author's narration lacks the passion of his written words. As it turns out, Russert is a far more engaging interviewer than he is an audiobook reader. Still, his story is worth the effort--a nostalgic reflection of a native Buffaloian and an in-depth look at how young Timmy grew from municipal garbage worker to one of the top dogs at NBC News. As Big Russ would say, "What a country!" T.J.M. 2005 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]
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